Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 160
Beer Ratings: 25,662
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4.19/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Tucked inside an industrial complex is Ballast Point Brewing. It doesn't have a proper parking lot for customers, so you'll need to search for a spot on the street. Once that's done, open the door and check out the 20 taps of beers being served, plus a cask which is used on Thursdays. Despite a drab environment outside the building, the interior has life. A handful of tables sit on the other side of the tasting room, and the bar, while very large in size, didn't have any seats. Additional seating is just outside.
Ballast Point's portfolio is not only long, but diverse. Regulars such as Sculpin, Black Marlin, Wahoo, and Calico are available in 4 ounce, 8 ounce, and full pint servings are reasonable prices. Variations of their year round beers, such as Calico on nitro, or Black Marlin with cocoa and peppers, make occasional appearances. Lesser known/limited release beers were spotted too (Brother Levonian, Ingrid's 1 in 8, Piper Down, Even Keel). Ballast Point used a large chalice to go along with the standard shaker pint, so it was nice to see a small change in utilized glassware.
Looking to try new Ballast Point beers? Visiting the brewery is one easy way to try a number of new beers in one place without having to hunt them down around San Diego. For the Ballast point fan, a stop is obligatory.
11-05-2013 17:11:16 | More by DoubleJ
4.16/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I stopped in at Ballast Point while in San Diego on vacation (the Old Grove Road location which I hear is the main brewing facility).
They have a great little tasting room and also sell bottles, growlers and kegs to go. It's a bit more than a tasting room as you can order samplers, pints, etc. but it's not quite a pub (for example, there's no seating). I just stopped in for a quick visit so I'm not sure how long you're welcome to stay and drink. They had the standard offerings on tap (Yellowtail, Calico, Big Eye, Marlin & Wahoo) along with a four specials including Even Keel, a 3.5% session beer that has lots of flavor. They didn't offer Sculpin or Dorado on tap.
They sell bottles of the usual along with Sculpin and Dorado. I'd been hunting for Sculpin for quite some time so I picked up six. I think they limit the sale of those to a case.
They did have some merchandise on display including shirts and glasses but I would have like to see more.
Ballast Point is well worth a visit if you're in the area.
08-17-2009 23:40:43 | More by GJ40
3.75/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
I did a three day brewery, brewpub, beer bar tour of San Diego and Ballast Point was one of my stops.
I made the mistake of thinking that the "beer bar" distinction on BA meant they would have a wide(r) variety of beers than just their standard offerings. The only beer they had that may have been out of the norm was an India Pale Lager.
I sampled a couple of the beers. I think they were $1 a taste. The tasting room was pretty small. No seats but a couple of repurposed barrel end tables to stand at and a nice large screen TV for the NFL game.
A tour was wrapping up and I tried to ask the tour guide about their hop profile and he said he didn't know and really didn't express any interest in chatting with me.
I was informed at my other beer stops that the other Ballast Point location (with the homebrew shop) was where they were more likely to do small, one off pilot batches of experimental brews.
10-18-2010 00:54:10 | More by Yetiman420
4.66/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Unfortunately I didn't get to do a tour, but I did visit Ballast Point's tap room here. It was probably the wrong time of day (afternoon) but it seemed more vacant than I expected. The servers seemed more knowledgeable than others I have talked to in other breweries and the Ballast Point quality was definitely there... I just wished I had a chance to try some of their off seasonal offerings. Definitely worth a visit to a beer tourist, just make sure to not forget to take a tour like I did.
03-15-2013 21:18:05 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.14/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here on a busy Friday night. The brewery was under construction so no tours.
They have about 20 taps, all Ballast Point beers, and not just the usual suspects. You can have a sampler of any beer for 2.00. I was on a tour of various breweries so I got to choose 6. Plenty of pepper and BA variations along with most of the staples, if not all of their regular lineup.
It definitely was a popular spot so yes it does get crowded but I got pretty prompt service. There is also a deck area outside which recently opened and looked pretty nice.
07-28-2012 14:44:51 | More by crossovert
3.14/5 rDev -27.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on Sunday around 1:00pm with my good friend, Justin.
I'm surprised this is listed as a "Beer Bar" on BA. It's a tasting room, nothing more. There are half a dozen small tables, but no chairs. When we were there, the place was absolutely silent: no music, no noise from the TV, no talking from the bartenders. It was a bit awkward. When one of the bartenders eventually spoke up (I believe he was a trainee), he seemed to know very little about craft beer, and couldn't offer us any recommendations on places to go... other than Lost Abbey because they have a hot bartender who works Sundays. Cool brah.
Luckily, the beer was solid. We sampled Dorado Double, Tongue Buckler, Sextant Oatmeal Stout, and Sculpin. They were all very tasty and reasonably priced. The cooler offered most of BP's year-round offerings along with Victory at Sea (which Justin grabbed two of).
All in all, this place kinda sucked. Actually, it did suck - forget the "kinda". This is a decent spot to refill your Ballast Point growler. It's a lousy spot for anything else. If you're considering a visit, reconsider.
01-13-2011 05:23:34 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped here Saturday morning as the first stop on the most recent San Diego brewery run.
The place is fairly unassuming from the outside and you wouldn't necessarily know it was a brewery if you just happened to drive by. Once inside, though, the nautical theme of Ballast Point is in full effect. I especially like the "barrel" bar tables.
There is a small tasting bar with 9 taps and a hand pump (which was not in operation). Next to the bar is the cooler with bottles for purchase. The prices on the bottles are quite good, much lower than I generally pay at bottle shops.
The growler and draft prices are fair and I like the fact that they offer a few different sized growlers, although I don't see myself ever purchasing a 1 gallon growler of anything.
The young lady tending the bar was quite nice and talkative, and was very helpful to us and the other patrons.
A cool place to check out, but not necessarily much to do there. The inside is also fairly small, so I would imagine that it can get cramped when they are busy.
01-04-2010 06:29:25 | More by womencantsail
3.59/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $
This place was packed when we first got there, but realized shortly after that there was a brewery tour about to begin, so it emptied out once the tour started. Tours are free and they run 3 times a day, which is nice. The place had a great set-up, and with big window fronting was very well lit. There were plenty of displays for the beers and memorabilia they had for sale, as well as ads for their distillery and spirits. There was a tv with the game on, too. Also, they had some of their trophies from the GABF and some Euro competitions. With all this going for the place, the service was a bit of a let down. As I said, the crown died down pretty quick, so it wasn't as if it was really busy. When getting beers the servers were friendly and helpful enough, and even chatted up about different things, but we tried a different beer each time coming up, and had to ask each time up that our glass be rinsed before the next beer was put in. And this wasn't a case of them thinking they were just refills. Each time as we approached they asked what we just had, what we thought, and what we wanted next. I'm sorry, but I don't want to taste the remnants of the Amber in the next glass of IPA...that kind of defeats the purpose. Other than that, I really have no complaints about the place whatsoever. The prices were very reasonable and the beer was decent. All in all a good place to visit in San Diego when taking in the beer experience!
04-09-2011 20:17:52 | More by GarthDanielson
Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, CA
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